To Advance & Diffuse the Knowledge of Physics: 100 Years of the American Physical Society (1999-2000)

Presentation Date: 

Saturday, March 20, 1999


Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; College Park, MD; Gaithersburg, MD; New York, NY;

APS Centennial exhibition crowds 1999

This major traveling exhibition showcased archival documents, photos, and artifacts as it told the story of the history of 20th century physics, the American Physical Society, and the dynamic relationship of APS and its journals to American culture and politics. 

The display served as the gateway to the APS Centennial Meeting and Physics Festival in Atlanta in March 1999 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  After the meeting, the exhibition was shown to members of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill, and traveled to the American Center for Physics, and  the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  In March 2000, the exhibition was featured at the New York symposium, “Creating Copenhagen,” which examined the relationship of Bohr and Heisenberg, physics, philosophy, and politics, on the occasion of the opening of a Broadway play that dealt with those topics.  After the symposium, the exhibition was on display at the official opening of the new CUNY Graduate Center.  Excerpts from the exhibition were published in twelve issues of APS News and APS News Online

Access a serialized version of the exhibition at APS News Online here: 


Early Years of the Physical Review

APS Physics Meetings Begin

How APS Meetings Grew

Increasing Membership and Expanding Journals

APS Journals Divide and Multiply

APS Members Serve, Research and Defend

Consciousness Raising

Outreach and Community Service I

Outreach and Community Service II

Mechanics of Publishing APS Journals

End of the Century: APS Today



See also: 1990s